Over at Endurance Granny's Blog, she's hunting for a horse and getting what I consider some crazy advice.
She wants a horse that can do endurance--not win endurance, but do the sport in a reasonable way. She wants a reasonably sound, reasonably sane, reasonably metabolically stable horse who can walk/trot/canter and follow a trail without falling off a cliff or ending up in a tree.
Persons on the ground near Endurance Granny have advised her that she will need to spend at least $3500 to get the kind of horse who will do this sport.
I say, anybody who says you need to spend that kind of money is selling something. I'd even bet that a person who says stuff like that probably has a horse for sale!
But...is that just me? I've seen spendy horses who never amounted to anything in endurance, and I've seen a lot of cheap/free horses who have competed for yonks.
Maybe it's the company I keep, but most of the horses I see were NOT big-bucks purchases--many are home-grown or bought cheap and then trained. (My horses have always been cheap or free, although they were never "finished")
I'm willing to do an informal poll of riders when I'm in camp a few weeks hence, but I'd like to hear from the electronic community:
** How much is reasonable (in this economy) to spend for a horse?
** What do you look at most strongly when you're shopping?
(Breeding? Prior training? Conformation? Your vet's opinion? Your trainer's opinion? The seller's opinion? Prior success in your sport? )
** Are there any physical parameters that you look for specifically?
(resting heartrate? cannonbone circumference? speed at the trot?)
** What are your deal-breakers?
The comment box is open. Let's get some advice rolling here!